Earned the starting job at free safety during the spring ... Looks to step up and be one of the defensive playmakers this season ... Improved over the course of last season, finishing with five or more tackles in each of the final seven games ... Shows tremendous ability and has been a major contributor on both defense and special teams ... Adds outstanding support against the run and in pass coverage ... Southern Miss' Co-Defensive Player of the Week for the TCU game (11/20) and the special teams' Big Block Award for the Memphis game (9/13) ... Twin brother of linebacker Kevis Coley ... Liberty Bowl: Finished with seven tackles against Utah in the Liberty Bowl (12/31), including four solo stops ... Also had a pass breakup ... 2003 (r-So.): Saw action in all 13 games ... Saw action in 90 or more plays in five games, including a season-high 98 against Memphis and USF (10/25) ... Fourth-leading tackler on the squad with 79 tackles, including 62 solo stops and is tied for the team lead in interceptions with three ... Also had one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and three pass breakups ... Season-high nine tackles, including eight solo stops and an interception at Cincinnati (10/4) ... Eight solo stops and an interception at East Carolina (11/29) ... Seven tackles, including six solo stops, forced a fumble and had an interception against TCU (11/20) ... Seven tackles against Tulane (11/15) and at Houston (11/8) ... Six tackles and a pass breakup at UAB (9/4) ... 2002 (r-Fr.): Played in 12 games ... Saw limited time on defense but was used mostly on special teams, registering 151 special teams plays ... Seven games with 20 or more plays, including a season-high 28 plays at South Florida (10/12) ... Registered five solo tackles and one pass breakup ... One tackle in five different games ... 2001 (Fr.): Redshirted ... Named "Tomorrow's Team Special Teams Player of the Week" by the Southern Miss coaching staff for the East Carolina game (11/23) ... Prep: Coached by Jim McCool ... Led the team with three interceptions as a senior ... Led team with seven picks as a junior ... A second-team all-state selection ... First-Team All-Gainesville Sun ... Played in the Florida/California All-Star Game ... Named first-team all-district and first-team all-county ...Three-star rating by Florida Prep Football.com ... Also lettered in basketball ... Personal: Son of Solomon and Betty Coley ... Majoring in coaching and sport administration ... June 23, 1982.
Coley's Defensive Statistics